Singularity in Faithfulness | LoM Part 2/4
3 December, 2015 § Leave a comment
This is part 2 of the Love of Money series we are running. For context you may want to start at (un)Converted Income.
A gospel oriented theology of resources starts with a proper understanding of God as our loving Father, who gives good gifts and through whom we receive every good gift starting with salvation. He lavished His love on us by supplying a way to be free from the penalty of sin, and in the same way He continues the work that He started to save us from the power of sin, and when Jesus returns He will save us from the presence of sin. This lavish giving of gifts is not restricted to the spiritual realm but because of His great love for us, He sends the summer rains on the whole planet giving resources to the righteous.
Access to those resources is granted to those who are counted faithful. Faithfulness to God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills means that it doesn’t matter the number of digits in your bank account or whose name is on the deed of the house you rent or want to rent or what the price of diesel is or how much it costs to heat your home. When you are faithful to your Father, He is faithful to see that the righteous does not go hungry. God is our father who loves us, and rewards faithful, devoted and loving service with an endless supply of resources.
Now, if we are honest we ought to be saying at this point, “That rules me out then,” but the gospel is that Jesus Christ lived the perfect life of faithful, loving, devoted service so that His track record could be applied to us. The only reason we will ever hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” is because of Jesus and His total dependency on the Father.
So why write about the faithful, loving handling of God’s resources? Because Jesus makes an interesting statement in Luke 16:13 that I think we need to address. He says that a servant cannot faithfully serve, love, or be devoted to two masters. The idea here is that you can only be the faithful servant of one master. Faithfulness to one master is disloyalty to the other. To love one master is to loath the other, devotion to one is to despise the other. As we addressed in (un)Coverted Income, God’s total ownership of our lives does not and cannot be transferred by a mere conversion from money to wants and necessities. This principle of faithfulness extends to our relationship with God and with each other. In many ways this is a continuation of Jesus’ working definition of faithfulness.
Faithfulness involves total investment. Faithfulness is singular in nature; you cannot be duplicitous and faithful at the same time. Faithfulness to God as our master means that we must jealously guard what has been entrusted to us, even while we seek every opportunity to bless and invest in others in order to maximize spiritual growth and thus be entrusted with more than when we first started. Singular faithfulness to God results in singular faithfulness to what God entrusts to your care. This includes your spouse, your unconverted income, and your converted income etc. Let’s look at the alternatives.
Faithfulness to unconverted income ends when you convert it. This is why a lot of people like to see the number in their account and never bless anyone including themselves with the blessings that God has given them .
Faithfulness to your converted income ends when it is stolen or rusts.
Faithfulness to your spouse ends when they don’t show the degree of faithfulness to you as you might think they should. You start to be jealous of his/her friends and controlling of where they go and with whom they go.
The result of living holy lives, devoted to faithfulness to God in His entirety is that we live the lives that God intended for us to live. Not conflict free lives, or lives that are free from want but lives that are free from worry, and anxiety because of our unbelief. Believe that God is who He says He is. Believe that God owns what He says He owns, and act accordingly. God is a much better master than money, because money only desires to perpetuate itself, God desires to perpetuate you.